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The Leading Senior Pro-Am Tour in the Southwest
The Southwest Seniors Golf Association (SWSGA) was established in 1978 by Gene Lesch, Bill Johnston, and Jack Morrison. They organized a Senior Pro-Am event to be played once a month in an A-A-B-B team format. The membership was made up of senior single handicap players, professionals and amateurs, 50 years of age and older. Although the emphases was placed on the team performance, additional merchandise prizes were awarded to the low gross and low net Amateurs by age group, as well as cash prizes for the Professionals within their age group.
In 2000, the SWSGA established an official Board of Directors. The Board is composed of nine members with a representative balanced between professionals and amateurs, (5&4 or 4&5). The Board has many duties, the primary of which is to maintain the original ideals put forth by its founders. From within the Board, the Board will appoint its officers; President, Vice-President, Executive Director, and Secretary/Treasurer. The Board will oversee the entire Association, including the appointment of an Executive Director, Tournament Director and any other Staff found necessary to manage the Association and its events.
The SWSGA currently operates much at it did when it was established, with monthly Pro-Ams at some of the finest courses in the Phoenix area and, at times, other nearby Arizona cities.
The SWSGA typically pays approximately 50% of the starting field (team, individuals, and special prizes combined) and over the years, there have been several sponsors that have provided additional benefits and/or prizes for the events.
SWSGA membership is open to invited male professional and amateurs ages 50 and over with a handicap of 10 or less.
Membership dues are $125 per year and are valid for 1 year from October 1 through September 30. A new player joining mid-year will pay a pro-rated amount as determined by the Board based on the month in which he joins. The tournament entry fee for a member is $100 and includes cart fee, green fee, range balls, after round refreshments, and prizes for team and the individual age groups. Additionally, non-member guests, with a handicap of 10 or less, are welcome on a space available basis, and may only play twice, within the Oct. 1 - Sept. 30 membership year, for the same $100 entry fee, plus an additional temporary membership fee of $25 at each event.